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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Announce Academic Collaboration
Date:5/22/2013

us on transitioning basic research into innovative startup projects. The center will join with Mount Sinai’s Center for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, led by Geoffrey Smith, in guiding students and faculty from both institutions to accelerate research breakthroughs from the laboratory, to patent, and eventually to the marketplace.

“Mount Sinai will benefit greatly from Rensselaer’s expertise in prototyping, engineering know-how, and intellectual property development, and Rensselaer from Mount Sinai’s leadership in biomedical research,” said Scott Friedman, M.D., Dean for Therapeutic Discovery at Mount Sinai. “This synergistic relationship will propel both institutions to the forefront of therapeutic discovery and development.”

Under the new partnership, Rensselaer and Mount Sinai also will develop joint graduate educational programs in multiple areas of translational basic science, leveraging the strength of existing doctoral programs at each institution.

“We look forward to instilling the principles of engineering and commitment to problem solving inherent to Rensselaer’s doctoral programs into our own Ph.D. programs, and offering Rensselaer Ph.D. students the opportunity to incorporate our strengths in biomedical sciences into their thesis projects,” said Dr. Morrison. There will be new opportunities for students to pursue a program in which they will seamlessly earn an M.D. from Mount Sinai and a Ph.D. from Rensselaer. Rensselaer undergraduates also will have the opportunity to apply to FlexMed, Mount Sinai’s unique early acceptance program, where college sophomores with any undergraduate major are accepted without the MCAT and with progressive pre-med requirements, with foundations in computational science and engineering, humanities and social sciences, or biomedical sciences.

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